A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Prof Alta van der Merwe.

Prof Alta van der Merwe is currently the Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning within the EBIT Faculty at the University of Pretoria. She is also a full professor in the Department of Informatics where she provide supervision to postgraduate students. Alta focuses on the design of socio-technical solutions with research activities in Enterprise Architecture, Society 5.0 and different theories supporting the successful use of technology in the organization. Her research related to her position as Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning focuses on student success and especially using technology to enhance throughput.

Alta is the past president of SAICSIT, a past council member of AISSAC and on International level she was involved in the proposal and acceptance of the IEEE SMC Enterprise Engineering and Enterprise Architecture Technical Committee.

In 2018 she has been appointed as the IFIP 8 Vice-chair and until 2020 she was also the South African representative for the International IFIP 8 committee.

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